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nations would be able to tell people in the united states how to deal with his daughter isabella and some republicans were citing that as a reason for rejecting the treaty. what do you say in. >> i have great respect for both rick and his wife and their daughter and family, he's a strong family man. he either simply hasn't read the treaty or doesn't understand it, or he was just not factual in what he said. because the united nations has absolutely zero -- i mean, zero ability to order or to tell or to even -- i mean, they can suggest, but they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. there is no ability to go to court. there is not one requirement of a change in american law. and there is no way to tell an american parent anything. now, that is according to our supreme court of the united states. that's according to the language in the treaty itself. and this is a treaty that was negotiated by republican president george herbert walker bush. it was signed by george walker bush at the u.n., and republican attorney general richard thornbur
for their lives. a short time ago, the united nations announced it is withdrawing all nonessential personnel from the country. as the possible threat of chemical warfare now looms. look at these families. look at this. along with an active chemical weapons program, syria has ballistic weapons program with deadly gas. they have vast amounts of nerve agents and finite, all decide to cause fetal death. this from the white house moments ago. >> is the opposition makes teaching expenses, the bashar escalationgime, we have been of weapons used against the syrian people. as the president has said, and hughes were proliferation by the syrian regime would cross a red line for the united states. megyn: joining me now is ambassador john bolton, a former ambassador to the united nations and the fox news contributor. this situation seems to be going from bad to worse in syria. bashar al-assad continues to massacre his own people. now we are supposed to believe, as things continue spiraling downward in the nation, what we are supposed to trust him? his grip on power is loosening? >> i think it is entirely poss
of the united nations that president assad probably should not expect any mercy from his counterparts around the world. jonathan hunt has more on that from the united nations here in new york. jonathan, quite a debate about the asylum question for assad. and the question is the question is whether president bashar assad has taken the final decision to as he once said live and die in syria. if he does die, it's most likely to be, of course, at the hands of the rebels when they make their final push into the center of damascus, a push which most experts believe is coming. all whether president assad might now be willing to or trying to seek asylum in some friendly country. that would probably boil down to cuba, ecuador venezuela or russia. u.n. secretary general was asked about the asylum question today he did not seem to favor the idea. listen. >> the united nations must not allow any impunity whoever commits gross violation of human rights must be held accountable and should be brought to justice. >> that sentiment was echoed by officials at the u.s. state department who said there has to be
the question of the chemical weapons. >> now, the fighting in syria has gotten so bad that the united nations announced today it is withdrawing all of its nonessential personnel. about 25 of the remaining 100 u.n. staff who are still in the country expected to be out by week's end, shep. >> shepard: james rosen at the state department. north korea is at it again. set to launch a wrong rage rocket within days, second of the year. that's the word from the north korean government. in fact, crews crews have repory moved part of that rocket to a launch pad. u.s. investigators say the creeive regime is likely using launches as a sort of cover for testing missiles that can actually hit the united states. a launch last april was a real dud. the rocket broke apart and pell into the ocean shortly after liftoff. now other nations, including near china and russia are urging the north koreans don't follow through with another launch. saying this would violate united nations security council restrictions. well, it's now early morning in egypt and the nation is bracing for a day of potentially enormous demo
president abbas getting a heroes welcome after winning big at the united nations, one that the u.s. and israel do not support, as you know. what israel did today that has the palestinians claiming payback for their win. we report from the middle east next. and a scene inside a tunnel that runs through a mountain. that tunnel collapses, trapped inside drivers and their passengers. the latest on that. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance, auto policies come with new car replacement and accident forgiveness if you qualify. see what else comes standard at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? cool, you found it. wow. nice place. ye. [ chuckles ] the family thinks i'm out shipping these. smooth move. you used priority mail flat-rate boxes. if it fits, it ships for a low, flat rate. id for postage online and arranged a free pickup. and i'm gonna track them online, too. nice. between those boxes and thislace, i'm totally staying sane this y
crimes for the united nations, searching for mass graves in places like yugoslavia and peru. have you done just this area? or all over? >> all of it. >> reporter: her team used high-tech equipment to scan into the ground. all the red suggests the location of possible grave sites. we won't know for sure unless exhumations are ordered. florida state officials won't comment until they can review kimmerly's findings. >> these are children who came here and died for one reason or another. literally have been lost in the woods. and it's about restoring dignity and helping, if not putting a name to them, at least marking them and acknowledging that they're here. >> reporter: the anthropologists also studied historic documents and public records and discovered a disturbing discrepancy. boys unaccounted for. >> this was the last pictures we had of him. >> reporter: her brother was sent here in 1940. she says owen smith dreamed of playing guitar in nashville. the 14-year-old had a musician's vagabond soul. he was shipped to reform school for stealing a car. she never saw him again. her family w
at the united nations first to james rosen at the state department and to james nato is taking steps to minimize the amount landing outside of syria. >> that's right, shep. the foreign ministers of the military alliance gathered in brussels today and announced there that they have approved a request made by member state turkey which asked for u.s.-made patriot antimissile batteries to be installed along its southern border syria. the ministry made clear the systems are purely defensive. germany and netherlands are supplying the pac three model as soon as their respective parliaments approve the deal which is expected to come soon. >> when that exactly will happen will depend on a number of practical issues that will be sorted out in the very near future. so i can't give you an exact date but i will tell you that the actual deployment of missiles will take place within weeks. >> hundreds of nato troops will also be deployed to install and operate these antimissile weapons but it doesn't appear right now that they will be u.s. troops, shep. >> shepard: sheriffs clinton was at that meeting in bruss
memorial. the united nations joint program on aids recently reported the pace of progress against the disease is quickening. we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of aids. >>> jill -- today they completed a cross country run in her honor. >> reporter: this is the end of a long journey. jogging with support of friends after running from new york to san francisco. it was a mission of love for her friend, jill costello, a nonsmoking athlete who died of lung cancer in 2010. they decided to run for awareness, leaving times square july 30th. >> i knew i would finish. >> reporter: the run averaged about 30 miles a day and kelsey went through 12 pairs of running shoes. all to shine a spotlight on cancer. >> there were days that were super hard. just the elements. 20-degree weather. >> this one raised more than $150,000 for cancer research. and kelsey says her friend was beside her in memory and in spirit. >> we had this really intense motivation which was her memory and doing this for jill. >> it remains to be seen what kelsey's next goal will be. but if she's inspired by jill, sh
she be confirmed? not just because of benghazi but because of her whole body of work as the united nations ambassador? >> well, she does have an unusually large number of enemies on capitol hill because of things that have happened in the past, certainly john mccain because of the campaign. but others that she has antagonized along the way. but what's interesting here is the more republicans are pushing back on this, it puts the president in a position of perhaps he wasn't going to nominate her before but it's almost like he can't back down from the fight now and he needs to spend his political capital on this fight. so the others are probably having the reverse effect of that which they are intending. if the president wants to put up a fight, he can get her confirmed by the senate. the question is, is that what he wants to spend his political capital on? >> absolutely. one of the things i see this play out, some of the senators are really punishing president obama for winning in part because they believe that rice lied to make it seem less than it really was leading up to the elec
today after winning a vote in the united nations to upgrade the palestinian status to observer state. that move did come at a price. today israel halted the transfer of $120 million in tax revenues to the palestinian authority. >> coming up, the recipe for the all-american kitchen. >> it's a commonly heard sentiment, buy american. the logic that it will spur demand in job growth at home. but as sharyl attkisson shows us it's not always as easy as it sounds. >> reporter: kitchen remodels can be daunting. but when eva decided to fix up her charleston home she added an extra challenge. >> everything from now on i'm going to put in my kitsch sen going to be american made. >> reporter: that was good news for the owners of dna cabinet work the local cabinetry company, they use regionally sourced wood and made to order. >> most people just go into lows and pick a cabinet and go with it. >> reporter: in the last seven years adam and dustin have only seen their business grow thanks in part to customers who make the effort to buy nearby. >> when you get it from somebody who is local they take
rice--the us ambassador to the united nations--is thought to be a leading contender. but some republicans have been highly critical of rice following the attack on the us consulate in libya. >> when they go after the un ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me. >> senator mccain. thank you very much, mr. secretary. >> senator john mccain jokingly gave the cabinet post nod to democrat john kerry, the senate foreign relations committee chairman. >> i think john kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues. >> kerry is also listed as a potential defense secretary to replace leon panetta. it's a list that includes michele flournoy, who held what's considered the number three job at the pentagon. senior democrats say deputy defense secretary ashton carter is on the list, and former nebraska senator chuck hagel--- a republican-- could represent a reach across the aisle. >> we're in a much stronger position today as a country than we were in '07. >> treasury secretary tim geithner has
is about. >> here at cn we all remember the day that your husband, ambassador to the united nations richard holbrooke died unexpect unexpectedly. you write about that day and the memorial. why don't you share with us. >> that was a day that started as all of my days for 17 years. started with a phone call from richard who, as you know, was always in a troubled spot. islamabad, kabul. on this day he was actually en route to the white house. we were making our christmas plans and laughing and joking on the phone and all was well, and an hour later i had a call if there the ambulance that was taking him to the emergency room and that was our last conversation. and then being the wife of such a public man, my morning cou ii mourning could not stay private and i understand that. and i had to plan a memorial that was worthy of such a public man, and that imposed its own stresses. but at the same time, it was a balm, reassuring to me to have discovered that richard had touched so many lives around the world and letters kept pouring in and i red each one. but in reading those letters, decided that
and whatever they can on line. the united nations is warning of a impending humanitarian crisis. 40,000 people died since the fighting began 20 months ago . the number has doubled in the last few months. conor powell has more. >> after three days, the internet is back on in damascus but much of syria is without a internet connection. the syrian government place blamed the terrorist for the outage but others say it was shut down by the assad regime. in recent days rebels are in.ing closer to damas cus . the best bet is that the syrian government was shutting off the communications equipment. heaviest fighting is around the damascus international airport. both emerit and egyptian air cancelled flights out because of the fighting. the government said the airport is back open . the rebels say they control the main road leading to the airport and there are reports of heavy fighting. it was firmly in the control of assad but it may be weakening. there is a growing humanitarian crisis. in addition to the 40,000 people killed the un said 700,000 syrians are displaced and the number could go higher wit
has blocked action of president assad at the united nations insisting there should be no regime change. but diplomats now say moscow increasingly doubts assad can survive in power as the armed opposition gains ground. some u.s. senators say now is the time for russia to act. >> this is an opportunity for russia to show the international community at large that you can be a constructive force at a time of great need. and you have a unique capability as a nation to do some good. >> reporter: for the u.s., the insurgents gains are a double-edged sword. some of the most ruthlessly affected fighters also are the most radicalized. washington is moving to declare one of those groups a terrorist organization. but the obama administration worries that the stronger radical fighters become the more armed combat, not political efforts to find a solution will decide the outcome in syria. early next week secretary clinton travels to morocco for a meeting of the so-called friends of syria group. the focus will be on the opposition with the obama administration taking the first steps towards officiall
that none of the insurgents was able to breach the perimeter of the base. >>> the united nations is condemning israel's plan to expand new settlements in the west bank and in eastern jerusalem, land that israel seized during the 1967 middle east war. israel announced the plan in retaliation to thursday's u.n. resolution vote to upgrade palestine's status as a nonmember observer state. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon says the move to expand settlements would almost certainly be a, quote, fatal blow, end quote, to any chance of achieving peace with the palestinians. israel also says it's withholding more than $100 million in tax revenue from the financially troubled palestinian authority. instead using the money to repay a debt owed to israel's electric company for supplying power to parts of the west bank. >>> turning to education and some news that could soon have a major impact on your kid's school day. starting next fall, districts will expand the school day, adding as much as 300 hours to the calendar. it's all part of a theree-year plan aimed at boosting achievement and ma
or the united nations jurisdiction over the init internet period. the use is in support of the web neutrality but the conference in dubai raises a specter of nations including iran, china, russia and others agreeing to live under the u.n. rules, what critics call restrictions. while the u.n. --. pardon me. while the u.n. maintains this is not about controlling the u.n. the critics say it is part of a red drip, drip regulation that will chip away internet freedom. >> even if internet freedom escapes this conference in dubai, this is just a stepping steen from countries like china, russia and other arab states they have been patient for the last 10 years and several years going forward they will continue to be persistent. >> reporter: the u.s. has a sizable delegation in dubai, about 1650 people. in simple terms they want internet regulation off the table and want the u.n. body to stick to networks already regulated so the telecommunications networks, phone networks but just leave the internet neutral if that is at all possible, jenna. jenna: we'll see what comes out of this conference. catheri
at the united nations this afternoon. it seems there is a battle for a capital city that could be shaping up and that is crucially important. >>jonathan: yes. there is no doubt we have entered a new and very significant stage in the battle for syria and that is in essence of battle for the capital of damascus which has been going on for five or six days. president bashar al-assad wants do and indeed has to hang on to the capital if he is to stay in power. there are many experts who believe either way, he has decided to fight to the death. either if he tries to flow he will be killed by his own supporters who will feel betrayed him him or ultimately he will be killed by the rebels. this, while it does seem to be the end days for the bashar al-assad regime, it could yet stretch on for some days or even weeks. that because the rebels simply are not strong enough to defeat the syrian security forces in one battle. what we are seeing is an intense battle of attrition. most experts will tell you, his days are numbered. >> the big question on the international stage now, jonathan, will he use the c
in 2002. now with scientists telling the united nations that sea level is rising faster than current models predicted, this could be happening much more often. >> today's flood is going to be tomorrow's high tide. so we need to get ready for those kinds of changes. a deeper bay, a bay with bigger waves and more frequent flooding. >> california's bacon serve of servation and development area is in charge making maps showing the areas of flooding if the sea rises 16 inches, predicted for 2015 but now maybe sooner. >> believe it or not, san francisco's waterfront will be among the last parts of the bay to flood thanks in part to careful engineering. but they caution if walls like these aren't ball along other areas of the shoreline, whole communities could end up under water. >> areas like foster city. all could be under water by mid-century, maybe sooner. >> a lot of people could be displaced. this is very expensive property down here. >> you think rankin sells a lot of flights now, in a few decades the oakland and san francisco parents could be shutting down runways with every storm.
you think the attitude would change. >> well it's interesting, because he was the united nations ambassador. he lived in america for many years, he's a firm advocate, a confidant, his vice president, and his foreign minister. >> and he seemed to get emotional, do you think it means he got news that he will announce down the road? >> we have seen him this emotional before. he was elected in october, and he said he was in complete remission. in april. he had a very moving ceremony. so we have seen that before. certainly there must be something that happened that he heard that will involve surgery. >> i thought that would be a given that the vp is his successor. is he doing it for more his team, saying if it does happen, he will be in my place. >> he wants to make sure that if he is out for a period of time, that someone that endorses him will be in his position. so we'll watch very closely. >> thank you, we will. now we want to go to patrick otman joining us from havana, what's the reaction in cuba? >> absolutely, it was shown here last night, and hugo chavez is such a close, close
as the united states is concerned. the president over at the national defense university was celebrating today. he was celebrating what was create a program to eliminate nuclear weapons that were a leftover after the collapse of the soviet union. the u.s. provides lots of money and experts to help with the job. the program's responsible for deactivating more than 7,000 nuclear warheads over the past two decades, in addition, some 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 6.5 million pounds of chemical weapons material have been destroyed thanks to the program. >>> hillary clinton has served president obama for four years as secretary of state. four years from now, could she be moving into her boss' office over at the white house? after this weekend, a lot more people are beginning to speculate about what hillary clinton is planning to do. our "strategy session," james carville and mary matlin, are both standing by live. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit m
for ratification of a united nations treaty on the rights of the disabled, which was modeled on a law passed by the senate. 22 years ago, the americans with disabilities act. in effect, it was a vote to export american law to the 155 nations around the world that have signed this treaty. a treaty that has already been ratified by 126 of those countries, including the united kingdom, france, germany, china, russia has ratified it. now you can pass anything in the senate with 60 votes. except treaties which require 66. a two-thirds majority. every democrat voted for the treaty and only eight republicans voted for the treaty. 38 republicans disgraced themselves and disgraced the senate. by voting against it and controlling the outcome. john kerry tried everything he could on the senate floor to show republicans the way to vote for this treaty. >> it really isn't controversial. what this treaty says is very simple. it just says that you can't discriminate against the disabled. it says that other countries have to do what we did 22 years ago when we set the example for the world and passed the am
. the retaliation is punishment for palestinians' successful bid to win upgraded status at the united nations...seen as a symbolic move toward statehood. israeli officials say they also reject the u-n's vote for palestinian statehood in the west bank, east jerusalem and the gaza strip. those territories were captured by israel in the 1967 mideast war. authorities say nine militants and at least five afghans are dead after taliban suicide bombers attacked a joint u-s.-afghan air base in eastern afghanistan early today. there was gunfire for at least two hours as american helicopters fired down at militants before the the jalalabad air base since february. two afghan university students and three other afghan civilians working at the base were killed. >> firefighters are picking their way through the collapsed portion of a highway tunnel. it's about 50 miles west of tokyo this morning. at least seven people are feared missing. video from cement roof panels that fell onto vehicles. rescuers have suspended workthe cause of the tunnel collapse is under investigation. >> coming up an amazing invent
change conference from the united nations still going on. what do you expect to come out of it. >> unfortunately, virtually nothing. look, we've been having these conferences for 20 years where all the governments of the world get together and try to promise to cut carbon emissions, but the reason why we can't do that is because carbon is the side effect of stuff we like. it's the electricity we have in here, it's all the great things that fossil fuels provide. stuart: what should be the global fix to the co 2 emissions problem? what would you recommend? >> well, fundamentally, as long as green energy is much more expensive than fossil fuels you're never going to convince, certainly not china and india, but not even the u.s. and europeans, that you need to innovate the price down and that's the solutions pretty much every place. >> we haven't got the technology. >> and you expect that? >> absolutely, so the point is stop putting up inefficient solar panels now. but make sure you get them to be cheap enough everyone will want them in decades. >> your judge is that a carbon tax m
the palestinians closer to the goal. it may bring challenging to the united nations system and israel. >> shannon: secretary clinton adds the only way for lasting peace in region is for palestinian leaders to sit down with israel and come up with a two-state solution. the u.s. opposed the resolution on thursday. two big guests on fox news sunday. discussing the stalemate of the fiscal cliff between white house and republicans on capitol hill. i sat down with the anchor chris wallace to hear more about the exclusive interview interviews. >> you had two key players. >> we had tim geithner the point man for president. and john boehner, the point man for the congressional and house republicans. >> geithner made the offer to boehner on thursday. boehner said, tells us, he was flabbergasted and said you can't be serious. it called for doublebe what the president talked about in public. not $800 billion in new revenue but $1.6 trillion in revenue. only $600 million in entitlement and spending cuts. well, that is not one to one or three to one. more revenue than spending cuts. they are really far away no
. come back with more and we'll have you again. thank you so much. >>> united nations ambassador susan rice and whether race plays into the criticism. i'll speak with ben jealous here in the next hour of "weekends with alex witt." with the spark miles card from capital one, thor gets great rewards for his small business! your boa! [ garth ] thor's small business earns double miles on every purchase, every day! ahh, the new fabrics. put it on my spark card. ow. [ garth ] why settle for less? the spiked heels are working. wait! [ garth ] great businesses deserve great rewards. [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with double miles or 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! what's in your wallet? [ cheers and applause ] >>> good day to all of you. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're going to get to what's happening out there. sharp words from a key negotiator as we inch closer to the fiscal cliff. timothy geithner on the president's offer to to republicans followed by a response from grover norquist. >> we're trying to make it mo
forward with plans for two major settlements in the eastern part of the country. this following the united nation's recognition of palestine as a nonmember observer state. governor mitt romney, we haven't said that in a little while, returning to corporate life, marriott says the former republican presidential nominee is rejoining their board of directors, which he left late last -- early last year i should say. and house speaker john boehner set to light the capitol christmas tree hours from now. the tree is 65 feet high, an engleman spruce from the white river national forest in colorado. beautiful. bill: usually it's jersey. new details about the final hours of jovan belcher apartments life. he spent the night with another woman before going home in the morning fighting with his girlfriend, cassandra perkins and shooting her repeatedly. many people report he was drunk the night before and spent the night at the home of another woman. dr. keith ablow is here. take us through the details. he fell asleep in his car outside the home of another woman, woken by the police inside the car, went
. united nations and others are condemning the launch saying it is a test of technology from missiles capable of reaching the u.s.. >> gregg: negotiations to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff draging on and on with little to show for it. in a weekly address, president obama saying he will not budge on his call to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> if we are serious about protecting middle-class families we're going ask the wealthiest americans to pay higher tax rates. that is one principle i won't compromise on. >> gregg: republicans sticking to their guns saying raising taxes is not the answer. here is florida senator marco rubio giving the g.o.p. weekly address. >> we must get the national debt under control. tax increases will not solve our $16 trillion debt. only economic growth and reform and entitlement programs will help the debt. >> gregg: time is running out. they have to go into effect january 1st is a budget deal is not reached before then but going over the cliff will it be that bad and rein in the spending and protect our children's future. let's talk about it with
't understand it or he was just not factual in what he said because the united nations has absolutely zero, zero, i mean, zero ability to order or to tell or to even -- i mean, they can suggest but they have no legal capacity to tell the united states to do anything under this treaty. nothing. >> senator kerry referring there to santorum's daughter bella born with a rare genetic disorder. he said santorum and othere , ht e >>> tragic ending to a month's long search for two missing cousins. coming up next, the news here today on these iowa girls last seen in july when they left for a bike ride. [ man ] in hong kong, on my way to the board meeting... anne's tablet called my phone. anne's tablet was chatting with a tablet in sydney... a desktop in zurich... and a telepresence room in brazil. the secure cloud helped us get some numbers from my assistant's pc in new york. and before i reached the top, the board meeting became a congrats we sold the company party. wait til my wife's phone hears about this. [ cellphone vibrating ] [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center, working together has neve
of the acceptance in the united nations. the u.s. rejected the decision. a hurricane sandy victim surprised with a new genority. >> there is not a word in the dictionary to express my appreciation and openance at this moment. that is 95 year old pete who was living without heat or water and power. a contractor saw the story and rebuilt the house from top to bottomment >> he didn't know me from adam and look. see what he did. he's wonderful. >> the contractor said he plan to help more storm victims rebuild their lives. >> finally a happy ending. >> should illegals get a break on in state tuition on the backs of legal students. outrage from constitients forced one to fight back. >> steve: how can you make your relationship work? the answer is right under your nose? what does that mean? we'll explain straight ahead. >> our next gests said it is it not fair to taxpayers and wanting to resprerse that policy. massachusetts governor duval patrick. how important is it now. james lyons. representative, why does this bother you so much? >> it is it sending the wrong message. the governor is forcing t
to fill artillery shells. real quickly, the united nations said monday they're immediately pulling all nonessential employees out of syria because of this new development. >> huge signal there as well. >>> all right. moving on to other news right now, schools near the toxic chemical spill in southern new jersey will be closed for the rest of the week. people in the town of paulsboro were told again to stay inside with their windows closed because of the level of vinyl chloride spiked. those closer to the spill evacuated may not be able to return home until saturday. >>> here's a look at your tuesday forecast. a new storm in the west bringing drenching rain from california to seattle. heavy mountain snow, sierra to rockies. thunderstorms from ohio valley to the gulf coast. and mild for much of the midwest and northeast. >> 60s from atlanta to new york. 70s from dallas to miami. 50s meanwhile in the middle of the country. >>> and some football here. and just when it looked like the new york giants were ready to take command of the nfc east, "monday night football" happened. >> that meant
's called forces. if they want to do something, to speak out against austerity and cuts, the national nurses united and anew is holding demonstrations in 20 cities next monday, tomorrow and people can find out more and get active in favor of the transaction tax or the robin hood tax where they live. get involved in this fight now. >> dave? >> you should know that gay soldiers are still hurting, particularly in their relationships. i've been following two officers in hiding for 12 years now. it's really, really hard to have a boyfriend. when i see michelle obama and dr. biden doing this great work with military families, it's incredible the outreach they're doing and having the importance of the entire family unit. with gay people, even after don't ask don't tell, they're usually excluded from that. there are a thousand different other reasons that make it really hard. but when i did my piece, i am expanding now for a book, in 2000 we called it don't ask, don't tell, don't fall in love. that turned out to be the hard part. they can ask now and tell you about it's hard to fall in love. >> unre
made. >> the nation's highest court has agreed to address the issue of same sex marriage. the united states court said yesterday that it'll hear two cases, challenging laws that define marriage as between a man and woman. one of them is california's ban on same sex marriage. proposition eight which voters approved in 2008 but lower courts ruled that it was not constitutional. the other case the court agreed to hear is from new york. it challenges the federal law called the defense of marriage act that requires the government to deny federal benefits to legally married gay couples. it prohibits federal recognition of same sex marriages. it was passed in 1996 and signed by the president. reaction in san francisco's castro district included a range of emotions, yesterday's decision means same sex couples in california must put marriage plans on hold. gay couples could have started marry figure the court had decided to deny review and let the lower court ruling stand. activists say they feel some momentum from those november elections. >> three states legalized same sex marriage just a
ginger zee has more. >> reporter: nearly snowless in december. right now only 7% of the united states is covered in snow. that's even less than this time last year. when 32% of the nation was laced in winter white. not enough snow means no skiing. yet. this resort in washington state has had to wait. >> impatiently. to get our show on the road here. >> reporter: less snow helped make it warmer this past week. almost 700 record high temperatures have been set in the past five days. all of that will contribute to 2012 likely becoming the warmest on record in the lower 48. while one week or one season cannot tell a climate story, a longer range report card would released by noaa, the subject, the arctic, record were broken this year. in 2012 there was less know and more sea ice melting than they ever measured before. satellites started measuring arctic ice in 1979. since then half has disappeared. and just this year, 4 1/2 million square smiles melted, an area the size of the u.s. and mexico combined. >> melting on the greenland ice sheet is a beg concern. bah that is moving water that i
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